Renewable Energy Concept Powers 15,000 Homes

By Posted 7 Feb 2011, 11:57

In a recent contest, aimed at producing new innovative designs from which a solar powered construction can be developed, in this case an elevated highway, Italian designers came up with the breathtaking concept, so called Solar Wind Bridge.

The idea of using a bridge to produce energy from both the Sun and wind seems a no brainer as with their normally tall structures they are constantly exposed to these elements. This makes the design more than realistic and the motion that the concept should be constructed a sensible one.

From the report by Gizmag we are informed that the design will consist of a road stretching 12.4 miles (20km) constructed with plastic coated solar cells that will harness energy from the sun and be able to produce 11.2 million kWh a year, along with 26 wind turbines built in the bridges structure below capable of producing 36 million kWh per year. Enough to power around 15,000 homes. You can read the full article from Gizmag here.

Renewable energy constructions are becoming more and more a necessity nowadays, calling for designers and architects alike to bring to the table what they have dreamt up. With new technology advancing as it is, these designs are becoming less of a dream and more of a reality. Some concepts even being looked upon as works of art, like the Lunar Cubit Solar Pyramids. Take a look at this concept design and see for yourself.

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